Arc’teryx are masters when it comes to technical clothing and we are continually blown away by the level of innovation and attention to detail that is evident in their designs. The brand work closely with GORE-TEX to create activity specific products that each have their home on the mountain, but with so much tech doing the rounds, how do you know which Arc’teryx piece is right for you? Let’s demystify things a little.
Arc’teryx name their products to dictate what they’re intended for and where they belong on the mountain. If you browse our range online you will notice that there is both an Alpha SV and Alpha LT Jacket; so what’s the difference?
The first part of the name relates to the activity that the product is designed for.
These softshells aren’t quite as stretchy as the Gamma range, but they offer fantastic windproofing and reliable breathability.
With different versions available, offering varying degrees of thermal efficiency, these garments are highly water resistant and make great outer layers.
SV: SEVERE WEATHER
These garments incorporate the most durable materials, providing tough weather protection in the harshest conditions.
AR: ALL ROUND
Designed for all-round versatility, AR products provide the high performance and weather protectioin that you need for a wide range of activities.
MX: MIXED WEATHER
Tough, durable and designed for movement; MX garments are built to cope with whatever the weather has to throw at you while remaining highly breathable.
LT products incorporate highly durable, high performance materials but offer a minimal set of streamlined features ensuring that weight is kept to a minimum.
SL: SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT
The lightest materials available go into making the lightest products available, while continuing to offer high level performance and protection. These products do compromise a little when it comes to durability, so you might want to bear that in mind for rough and tough activities.
SK: SKI TOURING SPECIFIC
These products are designed with movement in mind, incorporating extra room for layering, plenty of articulation and room in the pant leg to easily get it over your boots.
FL: FAST AND LIGHT
If you’re going to be traveling in variable weather conditions but speed and weight are of the essence, these minimal garments are for you, offering the performance that you need to push your limits in confidence.